Lake Area Independent is a competitive and award-winning performing arts organization based out of Lake Charles, LA. Our primary program is a World Class Winter Guard (indoor color guard) that competes throughout the gulf coast region and nationally as a part of WGI Sport of the Arts and the Louisiana-Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit.

Other than building a competitive team that trains and competes from the months of September to April, we also provide extracurricular educational and performance opportunities for young color guard performers in Louisiana, such as parade appearances and clinics.

Our History

Over the decades, independent winter guard groups have provided opportunities for young students in Louisiana to perform when they otherwise would not have had the chance. Lake Area Independent is another in a lineage of independent winter guards that is dedicated to bringing a quality performing arts education to young performers in the gulf coast region. Since its inaugural year in 2013, Lake Area Independent has been a home to color guard students that did not have a place of their own to spin.

In 2016, Lake Area Independent made the decision to not only provide a place for our members to learn and grow, but also a place where they can compete on a larger stage than just our local circuit and attend WGI Sport of the Arts World Championships. Since then, Lake Area Independent has made an effort to compete at multiple out-of-state regionals and attend World Championships.

‚ÄčAs long as there are performers wanting work hard, push themselves, and dedicate themselves to raising the performance standard in our region, they will always have a home with Lake Area Independent.

It may not have an address, but Lake Area will always be your home.

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History of Shows

2013 | Almost Lover | Independent A

2015 | 10 Years Later | Independent World

2016 | Monotony: Life on the Other Side | Independent World

2017 | Awakening | Independent World

2018 | The Art of Urban Gardening | Independent Open

2019 | Rebirth of Danu | Independent World

2020 | Circularis | Independent World